Mumbai Indians permitted to field 5 overseas players in CLT20


The Champions League Twenty20 governing council has approved injury-hit Mumbai Indians to field five overseas players when they take the field in the tournament.

Noted lawyer Raju Ramachandran to defend 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab

The Supreme Court today appointed eminent lawyer Raju Ramachandran to defend Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving Pakistani terrorist involved in the November 26, 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.

Kasab has filed an appeal against the Bombay High Court judgement confirming death sentence awarded to him by the trial court.

As per the procedure, Kasab shall not be hanged till the final disposal of his appeal by the apex court.

Even after the disposal of his appeal Kasab can delay his hanging by filing a review petition , curative petition and finally mercy petition before the President of India.


Doctor, driver trapped for accepting bribe in Mumbai


The Anti-Corruption Bureau of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested a doctor and his driver while allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 3000 for issuing certificate of vaccination for yellow fever to a person for travelling to South Africa at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here early today.

4 industrial workers die in gas leakage in Tarapur near Mumbai

Four industrial workers died in a gas leakage at a unit in the Tarapur Industial Estate late tonight, reports reaching the district headquarters said.

13th Mumbai Film Festival to unveil impressive line-up


The 13th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), a Reliance Entertainment initiative, today announced an impressive line-up of about 200 films under various sections for the festival, scheduled to be held from October 13 to 20.

Maharashtra govt. to activate helpline for senior citizens


After the spate of murders of senior citizens in the metropolis, the Maharashtra government today decided to immediately re-activate a helpline and website dedicated for elderly persons.

Senior citizen found murdered at Malad in Mumbai


A 67-year-old woman was found murdered at her Malad residence here last evening, police said today.

55-year-old woman found murdered in flat in Mumbai


A 55-year-old widow was murdered in her flat at Vikhroli in north-east Mumbay after a robbery last evening, police said.

Mumbai blasts' toll rises to 27 with death of one more victim

A 36-year-old man succumbed to his injuries in J J Hospital here today, taking the death toll in the July 13 triple bomb blasts in the city to 27.

Prashant Joshi, who had suffered serious head injuries in a blast in the Zaveri Bazaar area of the city on that fateful day, died in the hospital this afternoon, sources said.


IB alert for Mumbai police for luxury buses to Ahmedabad


The Intelligence Bureau (IB) today alerted Mumbai police that luxury buses plying between Mumbai and Ahmedabad could be targeted by terrorists.

The police has been asked to ensure that owners of luxury buses carefully check the identities of passengers travelling on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route, police sources said.

The bus owners have been specifically told not to accept any parcels mid-way.


Imran Khan files PIL against hike in age limit for consuming liquor

Bollywood actor Imran Khan, the nephew of superstar Aamir Khan, today filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Bombay High Court challenging the Maharashtra government's decision to raise the legal age limit for consuming alcohol from 21 to 25 years.

BJP President Nitin Gadkari undergoes surgery for Type-2 diabetes

Nitin Gadkari.
Nitin Gadkari.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari underwent a gastric bypass surgery for treatment of his Type-2 diabetes yesterday, a bulletin issed by Dr Muffazal Lakdawala of Saifee Hospital here said.

The bulletin said Mr Gadkari, 54, a known diabetic, had had poor control of his sugar for the last few months with early diabetic nephropathy despite the best currently available medical management.

"Mr. Gadkari’s sugar was not getting controlled for some time. Hence he has undergone gastric bypass surgery for treatment of his Type-2 diabetes," Dr Lakdawala, who is attending on him, added.


SC upholds death for wife killer


The Supreme Court today upheld the capital punishment awarded to a person who poured petrol on his wife and three grown-up children and set them on fire in 2003 after a fight with his wife.

Maharashtra ATS arrests youth from Surat in Mumbai blasts case


The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) today arrested a youth from the Limbayat area of the city in connection with the July 13 triple blasts in the city.

Photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha passes away

File photo of Gautam Rajadhyaksha
File photo of Gautam Rajadhyaksha

Gautam Rajadhyaksha, one of India's leading fashion photographers, passed away early today after a heart attack.

He was 61. He breathed his last at about 0400 hrs.

A cousin of well-known novelist Shobhaa De, Rajadhyaksha had made his mark as a celebrity photographer. After working with a number of notable icons of Bollywood, he soon became synonymous with the tinsel world.


Security at Mumbai airport beefed up


Security at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has been put on high alert after central agencies warned of a possible threat from an aircraft.

10-day-long Lord Ganesh fest concludes, one killed in balcony collapse

A devotee immersing an idol of Lord Ganesha on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Yamuna river in New Delhi on September 11, 2011. UNI PHOTO/Bivash Dey
A devotee immersing an idol of Lord Ganesha on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Yamuna river in New Delhi on September 11, 2011. UNI PHOTO/Bivash Dey

The 10-day-long festival of Lord Ganesh passed off peacefully on the occasion of Anant Chaturdashi today across Maharashtra, barring an incident, in which one person was killed when a portion of the balcony of a dilapidated building collapsed at Parel in south-central Mumbai.

Many devotees were standing on the balcony of the building near Bharatmata cinema to catch a glimpse of the deity when it collapsed, killing one and injuring eight others.

The celebrations were held amidst tight security in the backdrop of the Delhi bomb blast of last Wednesday.

Devotees took the idols of the elephant-headed god in processions to the beats of drums and film music and bursting of fire crackers to water bodies to bid a farewell to the deity.

Chants of "Ganpati Bappa Morya, Pudchya Varshi Lavkar Ya" reverberated across the state as the devotees carried the Ganesh idols while singing and dancing to the nearby lakes, creek, rivers and sea.

A sea of people had gathered at Girgaum Chowpatty, Dadar Chowpatty and Juhu Chowpatty to see the immersion processions.

In Mumbai and other major cities of the state, the traffic police had closed several roads, while some roads were made one-way and others were partially closed for vehicular traffic for the smooth passage of the processions.


Top Mumbai civic official held in bribery case

Officers of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) caught Deputy Municipal Commissioner Chandrashekhar Rokade red-handed while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a transport contractor inside his Byculla offce here yestrday, official sources said.

Maid commits suicide at actor Ravi Kissen’s house in Mumbai

A 20-year-old housemaid, working at Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kissen's residence at Goregaon in the western suburbs of the city, allegedly committed suicide by jumping from his 14th floor flat last evening, police said.

Senior citizen found dead in flat in Mumbai's Dadar area

An 85-year-old widow was found murdered in her ground floor flat at Hindu colony at Dadar in central Mumbai, police said today.

HDFC bank manager dies in road mishap in Mumbai


An HDFC Bank manager was killed and five others, including his two colleagues travelling with him in a taxi, were seriously injured when a jeep hit their vehicle at Haji Ali junction here yesterday, police said.

The driver of the jeep Srinivas and its women occupants Prema Mathews and Rosy Pascals, both nuns, were also injured in the accident.

The deceased, Anjan Raisinghania (32), was a Pune resident, while his injured colleagues, Vidit Srivastava (32), and Joyta Bhatacharaya (35) are from Mumbai.

Srivastava and his colleagues hailed a taxi from Mahalaxmi to attend a meeting at Dadar. Raisinghania was sitting on the front seat next to the driver. When the taxi reached opposite Lala Lajpatrai college at around 1415 hours, the speeding jeep collided into it head-on, according to the police.

The impact was such that the front end of the car was completely crushed. Raisinghania, who suffered a major head injury and multiple rib fractures, died before being admitted to the Nair hospital.

The other injured were also rushed to Nair hospital by the police.

Srivastava suffered head injuries, while Bhattacharya suffered a leg fracture. They were later shifted to Saifee hospital in Girgaum by the HDFC management.

The jeep driver and the nuns were taken to Holy Spirit Hospital in Andheri as they work there. "We have registered a case under sections 279 (rash driving), 304-A (causing death by negligence), 338 (causing grievous hurt by an act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the IPC and section 184 (dangerous driving) of Motor Vehicle Act against the jeep driver," police added.

Raisinghania's body was handed over to his relative from Pune after an autopsy.


Resident doctors in Mumbai's civic-run hospitals go on strike


Medical services at four civic-run hospitals in the city were affected today after resident doctors went on an indefinite strike to protest against the assault on their colleagues at the hands of a patient’s relatives at Sion hospital.

Landslide blocks traffic on Mumbai-Goa highway

Traffic on the Mumbai-Goa highway was thrown out of gear for the second consecutive day today after a fresh landslide in a ghat area in Raigad district.

Salman Khan still to fully recover: family sources

Bollywood actor Salman Khan, who underwent a successful surgery for a nerve disorder in the United States, is still to fully recover and may undergo another procedure in January next year.

Main runway at Mumbai airport opened for operations

After three days of disruption of air traffic at the Mumbai airport following the skidding of a Turkish Airways aircraft, the Air Traffic Control today allowed the use of the main runway for operations.

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